Book: Magic Strikes [Kate Daniels book# 3]
Author: Ilona Andrews
Review: Andrews hits a home run with the third installment of the Kate Daniels series, Magic Strikes. When Kate's friend (and werewolf) Derek is almost killed, she starts investigating an underground, ultimate fighting championship called The Midnight Games. She teams up with her (sometimes) partner Jim to figure out who is behind Derek's beat down. The problem? Curran, Lord Beast King, has forbidden any shifters from having anything to do with the tournament. Will Kate be able to solve the mystery and avoid a confrontation with Curran?
Simply put-Kate Daniels rocks. If I were a literary figure living in Atlanta in 2040, I would totally want to be her friend. She is smart, funny, tough and loyal. Andrews does a great job creating tension between Kate and several secondary characters (most notable being the sexual tension with Curran). Speaking of Curran, I love how Andrew's focuses on the mystery and the brewing romance is a secondary story moving along slowly. It just adds to the anticipation for the next books (Moning did this with the Fever series too). I don't want to give away spoilers, but we finally find out what Saiman is and the ending leaves Kate in a precarious situation regarding her heritage.
Overall fabulous read. If you like urban fantasy, you NEED to go read this series.
Grade: 5 stars